Man sought for fatal NOE hit-and-run turns himself in, NOPD says

Man sought for fatal NOE hit-and-run turns himself in, NOPD says

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - New Orleans police are investigating a fatal hit-and-run accident in New Orleans East.

Officers were called to the scene Sunday around 9:54 p.m. on Interstate 10 West at Bullard Avenue, police say.

When officers arrived they found a motorcycle and motorcyclist down on the Interstate.

According to initial investigation, the 53-year-old local male driver of a silver BMW motorcycle was seen traveling westbound on Interstate 10 at Bullard Avenue.

At this time, an unknown type vehicle hit the motorcycle, causing the driver to be ejected from the motorcycle, according to NOPD.

The male driver of the motorcycle was pronounced dead on the scene as a result of his injuries.

The driver, Rene Washington, turned himself in Sunday night at the Seventh District Station. He was booked into the Orleans Parish Justice Center and charged with vehicular homicide and hit-and-run driving, death/serious injury.

No further information is available at this time. The Orleans Parish Coroner's Office will determine official cause of death and release the deceased victim's name, upon completion of autopsy.

Traffic Fatality Investigator Michael Baldasaro  is in charge of the ongoing investigation and can be reached at 658-6210 with any information regarding this incident or the vehicle and driver involved. Citizens with information that can help solve a crime are asked to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 1-877-903-STOP.

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